Located between the Ionian and the Sila, Santa Severina is an ancient medieval village. Ruled in ancient times by the Normans and later by the Swabians
 
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Village of Santa Severina
Municipality of Santa Severina

Province of Crotone
Calabria region

Population: 2,131
Altitude Center: 326 m s.l.m.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Municipality of Severina
Piazza Campo - 88832 Santa Severina
phone +39 0962 51062

 

The territory of Santa Severina during the Bronze and Iron Age, was inhabited by indigenous peoples belonging perhaps to the strain of Enotri. Anciently note perhaps as Siberene, after being presumably a Greek village-Italico and then Roman, until 1076 it belonged to the Byzantines. It was later ruled by the Normans and Swabians. In fact, on the basis of the Statutum de reparatione castrorum, Federico II conducted an investigation in 1228 to identify the institutions, bodies or persons who were obliged to contribute to the repair of the Castle of Santa Severina. The construction of the castle dates back to the era of the Norman domination (XI century) on a pre-existing fortification of the Byzantine era. The Byzantine construction is known as "oppidum beatae Severinae". In the Swabian era, the castellan of Santa Severina was called Johannes de Ladda. Of notable interest are the remains of a Byzantine church (with frescoed walls) and of a necropolis of the same historical period. In the castle is the seat of the Archaeological Museum and can be visited some archaeological areas (caves, necropolis, Byzantine church, Foundation Norman tower etc.). The baptistery is the only received to our days still substantially intact. The architecture of this jewel derives from the buildings with a central plan that find reference in the Mausoleo di Santa Costanza in Rome. The Byzantine baptistery has, in fact, a circular shape with four tabs, with frescoes dating back to the X-XII century the cathedral has a plant in the form of a latin cross with three naves. Dating back to the XIII century, it too has undergone various changes in the course of its history, much is that of the ancient structure remained only the portal, but the most substantial was that of the XVII century. After the 1100 rose in the hamlet of Altilia the Marian shrine of reference for the whole of Calabria. Originally supported by the Normans, was placed under the direct protection of the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia.

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Caccuri
Caccuri
Perched on a spur, the beating heart of the village of Caccuri is the well-known Castle. The village has an interweaving of roads, steep climbs and descents, between alleys and rocky ridges.
Crotone - 14.75 KM from Santa Severina
Cerenzia
Cerenzia
The village of Cerenzia, in Calabria, situated a short distance from the ancient Acherontia. History and legend mingle on its name and origins, giving it a particular charm of mystery.
Crotone - 15.67 KM from Santa Severina
Melissa
Melissa
The historic center of Melissa, a typical feudal village of ancient origins, has narrow alleys that can only be reached on foot. Melissa stands on a rocky ridge between the Ionian Sea and the eastern side of Sila Grande, in Calabria.
Crotone - 19.99 KM from Santa Severina
San Giovanni in Fiore
San Giovanni in Fiore
Located inside the Sila National Park, San Giovanni in Fiore offers tourists a fascinating historic center, full of views and remarkable buildings
Cosenza - 22.16 KM from Santa Severina
Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Capo Rizzuto is one of the main seaside resorts on the island with an offer of itineraries of rare beauty. The village stands on a promontory that extends over the sea characterized by the fascinating alternation of steep and wild cliffs, small coves and
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Camigliatello Silano
Camigliatello Silano
Camigliatello Silano, located in the Sila National Park, is the most famous tourist resort in Calabria.
Cosenza - 45.7 KM from Santa Severina

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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